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to raise awareness about the plight of the clay pigeon. the president can callously talk about shooting clay pigeons. >> eric: where is peta? >> greg: i don't know. he'll start serving them at thanksgiving. >> bob: you should write another book. it would be better to promote that. >> greg: the book takes another nine months. >> andrea: when do you have another book coming out? >> bob: i don't. nine months from now get on the list to buy it. >> andrea: there have been very controversial and upsetting headlines about the military recently. the sequestration cuts will come down the pike, cutting half a trillion dollars. also, $1.8 billion from tri-care, healthcare for the veterans. also, the pentagon announced today that 46,000 jobs will be cut due to budget cuts. the saddest headline today and has me the most upset is one the troops in afghanistan are not getting breakfast. look at the headline.
they are cutting back on meals for the soldiers. the guys put their lives on the lines every day. the guys and gals. we should give them a warm breakfast; particularly, in the draw down to thank them for what they have done. i don't know cereal or breakfast companies if you have good ideas or entrepreneurial, they would appreciate it. that's it for us at "the five." thank you for watching. see you back here tomorrow. >> is president obama starting a bidding war over immigration reform? this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. for the second day in a row we begin with a new plan to fix america's immigration system. monday, group of bipartisan senators shared their though thoughts. today was president obama's term to unveil his proposal this time in glitzy las vegas.
is one of plans deserving of a roll of a dice, or will congress eventually cash out again? white house correspondent wendell goler reports from sin city. >> a speech intended to pressure congress to take up immigration reform was partly rewritten to applaud bipartisan proposal announced by eight senators the day before. >> the good news is that for the first time in many years, republicans and democrats seem ready to tack thi tackle this pm together. >> president stopped short of endorsing the senate plan because aides say the legislation hasn't been written. they say the principle mirror his own. but the critics aren't so sure. the biggest difference is that mr. obama's plan would give a faster path to citizenship for the 11 million people already in the country illegally. >> yes, they broke the rules and they crossed the border illegally. maybe they overstayed the visas. those are the facts.
nobody disputes them. the 11 million men and women are now here. many of them have beenbe here for years. >> but the president's path to citizenship is too fast for florida senator marco rubio. >> the last time the country dealt with illegal immigration what it did is legalize 3 million people but did nothing about enforcement. the result is we have 11 million people at the peak, 19 million people that are undocumented. we can't repeat the mistake now. >> the senate plan calls for the boarder to be further strengthened before the illegal imgrants are allowed to begin process of paying fine and coming out of the shadows. just like under the president's plan they would under go the background checks and build back of the admission line. but the white house officials say preconditions can't be part of a fake process to put off citizenship indefinitely. illegal immigrants promised reform, hope this time it will happen. >> it will mainly be a significant change to our family.
because we have children born here. we have had it rough. we don't let others know about the problems because we're in fear of the consequences. this change could be significant for all of us. >> another difference with the the senate plan is that mr. obama's proposal would extent family immigration rights. >> same-sex partners from other countries should not be faced with the painful choice between staying with the person they love and staying in a country they love. >> as long as the senate plan stays close to the president's principles, he is happy to led congress take the lead. they don't think they can sell a plan to the latino community that mr. obama doesn't report. some republicans are concerned if he is tied too closely to the plan they can't sell it to other republicans. >> bret: wendell goler live in las vegas. thank you. much more on this with the panel. senator john kerry has been
confirmed as the next secretary of state. senators easily approved the nomination this afternoon, following the endorsement by the foreign relations committee kerry used to lead. the vote was # 4 in favor -- # 4 in favor, three against and up with present. massachusetts democratic governor dvlll patrick is expected to name interim replacement senator tomorrow. outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton will be greta van susteren's guest tonight. topics include iran, afghanistan a benghazi. >> with respect do we go back, let me explain why we are there. this was the heart of the libyan revolution. we knew there were dangerous people in and around benghazi. we also knew that there were a lot of loose weapons and part of what we were doing there was trying to get leads on recovering those loose weapons. and we knew that there were smuggling routes that could go to egypt, sinai and threaten israel. there were important reasons why we were there, not just
the state department but other government agencies. whether or when we go back will depend on the security situation. what kind of, you know, security support diplomats would have. >> bret: on the record with greta begins at 10:00 p.m. eastern. the only remaining republican on the president's cabinet is leighing. transportation secretary ray lahood says he will department as soon as a successor is named. another republican, former senator chuck hagel is nominated for defense secretary. the obama administration has its hands full tonight. over egypt. the country's army chief is warning the nation could implode if violent dissent continues. correspondent connor powell has the latest from jerusalem. >> nearly a week, police and protesters clash on the streets of egypt. protests don't grow. 60 people died since last
thursday. mohammed morsi's declaration of martial law failed to contain the crisis. >> examing the state, extremists -- [ inaudible ] >> controversial and effectiv effective. the topic could lead to collapse of egypt, ushering in the widespread bloodshed. this is the largest arab country in the world in the entire middle east. morsi was democratically elected. critics say he has been changed since being in power. >> we will not accept this.
>> opposition group are determined to keep up the pressure on morsi. saying the street will not rest until reforms are instituted. young men throw rocks in rioting, but not the mass uprising we saw two years ago. crowds for more representative of the egyptian society forcing real change on morsi will be difficult. bret? >> bret: connor, thank you. president obama is authorizing an additional $155 million in humanitarian aid to syria. there were 65 bodies found in bank in aleppo, some had their hands died behind their back. no word yet who they were. obama administration is waving the white flag on guantanamo bay. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge tems us th tell us the.
>> reporter: after the president failed to meet the self-imposed deadline to close guantanamo bay camp by january 2010, this week interim state department announcement revealed the administration was not replacing daniel freeze. the point man for transferring detainees to other country. >> it's a that it's a mistake in the first place to do this. >> president signed executive order on closing gitmo two days after the first inauguration. white house counsel could be heard on camera offering reassurance. >> executive order with respect how to dispose of the detainees? >> there will be a process. >> we'll set up a process where beau this will take place. >> after failing to meet the self-imposed deadline, craig left the white house. in media tour of the camp, fox news found president's executive order badly bleached by the cuban sun not far from where detine knees hupping laundry and -- detape knees hung the laundry or watched
television. or the new soccer field. no detainees were waterboarded here. teams blame republicans for legislative blocks. >> the president can't do things unilaterally. he has to do things with congress. >> republicans say they are best equipped to hand the men but they point to data. since 2009 the number ofdy tain knees dropped from 242 to 166. but those suspected of returning to the battlefield jumped to 30%. human rights groups say they are disappointed with the president's lack of leadership on guantanamo bay. adding -- >> i think that daniel freeze leaving the position with no one replacing him sends a message to the white house that the state department can't implement the president's policy because the president doesn't have one. >> statement fox news was told the administration has made clear closing gitmo is in the interest of national security. and efforts are continuing. separately, observers at the military court in guantanamo for the 9/11 pretrial hearing tell fox bizarre ened so of
audio and video feed of proceedings were cut. the interruption took the judge by surprise came to a discussion of the c.i.a. secret prisons. the episode is raiding the possibility that the c.i.a. also has a role sensorring what the public and media can hear. agency spokesman declined to comment for fox. >> bret: we will continue to follow that. thank you. >> you're welcome. >> bret: follow now on a story from last night. senior pentagon officials say a ship intercepted last week off yemen was smuggling weapons from iran. the ship was stopped by a joint u.s. yemeni force. yemeni officials say it was carrying surface to air missiles. military grade explosives. and cache of many other munitions. the u.s. air force says italian rescue teams recovered debris from what they believe is the f-16 jet that disappeared monday over the adriatic sea -. the pilot is captain lucas grunther. the search for him continues.
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>> bret: a boy scout is support to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful. a bunch of other thing ace cording to handbook. soon, a boy scout may also be gay. and so might his scout master. correspondent doug mckelway reports tonight a lot of traditional scouting supporters are questioning the merits of change. >> decision by the boy scouts of america to drop its national prohibition against gay scouts, scout masters and volunteers is expected next week. the proposed change stunned many scouting families who sought out scouting as refunnel of traditional masculine values. >> i do not want a homosexual man to be role model for my son. it has nothing do with hatred.
it has to do with moral conviction. >> it would allow the local counsels to individually decide whether to accept gays, policy of a scouting father says will be ineffectual. >> that's chaos. you have the scout and troops coming together at summer camp and adventures so it will intermix. >> the proposed plan is welcome change to organization increasingly isolated from contemporary values. >> this day and age, it's outdated. you know, to discriminate against somebody because of their sexual orientation. i believe you are born gay. and being around gays isn't going to turn you gay. >> others think scouting is no different than the military where the gays long served by not openly. >> to deny, one young boy or young man the opportunity to be in community with the
others is so sad. >> the expected aboutface comes seven month it was a bsa reaffirmed the right to exclude gays and 13 year after the supreme court ruled that private organizations have a right to exclude anybody. when, "the presence of that person affects a significant way the group's ability to advocate public or private viewpoints." the bsa may be under increasing financial pressure to accept gays. last december, the merck foundation withdrew all funding to the boy scouts saying the bsa's policy of exclusion based on sexual orientation directly conflicts with the merck foundation giving guidelines. if the change goes through as expected, the boy scouts could be in worse financial straits. two of the largest contributors are the mormon church tap catholic church. both which will frown on the acceptance of gays in the bsa. bret? >> bret: thank you. so do you think the boy scouts should change its policies on gays? let me know on twitter. follow me @brettbaier.
supreme court justice antonin scalia says the u.s. constitution is not a living document. that's acarding to the "dallas morning news." the paper quotes scalia telling an audience at southern methodist university on monday, "it's dead, dead, dead." the justice also reportedly said law schools do not adequately emphasize decisions should reflect the letter of the law. a political crisis over the debt ceiling might be further off than you think. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel tells us about an idea to push the deadline the summer. >> sources say treasury officials told them to extent the debt creeling to mid-may could be stretched so the next deadline for action won't be until august if the senate passes the bill. to buy more time, they say extraordinary measures can be taken. the senate republican leader calls the debt crisis a chance to make the both leaner a more efficient. >> reducing the debt we eliminate an additional drag
on the economy. so this isn't a conversation about austerity. it's a conversation about growth. and opportunity. >> republicans say part of getting the nation's fiscal house in order requires cutting government spending. democratic talking point this week is spending isn't the problem. it's the media. >> i am not going to keep cutting the discretionary budget which by the way is not out of control. despite what you hear on fox news. >> though this graphic from the office of management and budget shows the growth of discretionary spending over the years and notes its expected increase through 2016. this produced by senate republicans blasts president obama for talking a good game on spending and debt but failing to deliver. >> we have kicked the can down the road. we're now at the end of the road.
the debt ballooned by 50% so the president's rhetoric and message don't match up. >> they are talking about increasing taxes to hand the upcoming automatic cuts known as sequestration. >> remember, the american people still believe by overwhelming margin that the rich should contribute this. they believe medicare shouldn't whacked and discretionary spending has been hit hard already. >> republicans say the president and democrats have gotten the tax increase already. now g.o.p. leaders are calling on the democratic colleagues to develop a serious plan to address the nation's fiscal issues instead of engaging in political war. bret? >> bret: mike emanuel live on the hill. thank you. still ahead -- 12 surgeons, two arms and one very brave man. story you will have to see to believe. first, why is the federal government having such a hard time getting states to buy in to obamacare?
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>> bret: home prices were up the largest gain in six years. dow got back on the positive side to gain 7 #-1/2 and flirting with the 14,000 mark. the s&p was up 8. nasdaq lost a fraction. judge approved an agreement for oil giant b.p. to plead guilty to manslaughter and pay record $4 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the 2010 gulf oil spill.
11 workers died in the drilling explosion that started tuath worst disasters in history. the old saying, "leading a horse to water" is a fitting introduction for the next story, involving the insurance exchanges that are part of obamacare. chief national correspondent jim angle tells us it turns out that the federal government can't make the states drink what it is serving. >> 25 states rejected setting up their own insurance program so it's up to the federal government. >> they said we don't want to be part of cleaning up the train wreck that is coming. >> the same government design one size fits all plan and the same rules so the states have wisely said we'll let the federal government come in and set up the exchange and bear the cost. >> federal government, however, seems almost desperate to get states to create their own exchanges. hhs secretary sebelius moved the deadline from november to
december and then from december to january and finally left it open altogether. >> the most recent announcement basically said look, do what you want. get it done when you want. do something. >> bless her heart. secretary sebelius, there is no way she was ever going to meet aggressive deadlines. >> many say the federal government is way behind to set up exchanges due to be in place by october 1 in preparation for 2014. >> they failed to meet deadline in first 12 months. the fact they have a deadline that the exchanges will be up and running in 2014, is like finding a white unicorn. impossible to meet the deadline. >> h.h.s. said insisted it would meet the deadline and said we have ever expectation the federal marketplace will launch on schedule. consumers can be assured whether the state run their own marketplace, partner with us or have the federal government take the lead they can shop insurance come october 2013 and have access through coverage in a
marketplace come january 2014. as the statement shows h.h.s. refers to exchanges as the marketplaces, giving them rip of free market though they are controlled by washington. >> the federal government is knee deep in every aspect. consumers can't just go buy the coverage they want. they can only buy government-approved insurance. >> it's plenty complicated. the i.r.s. has to track every american income on monthly basis so it can tell h.h.s. how much in subsidiaries and tell homeland security to make sure recipients are not here illegally and much more. the administration says not to worry, it will have systems up and ready to make it all work. bret? >> bret: we'll see. jim. thanks. there were no hard-hitting exchanges in president obama's "60 minutes" interview. that has some people upset. plus, one of the president's top advisors takes his show on the road. we'll explain next. on grapevine. nexium, the purple pill,
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look bad or stupid and we'll let him answer the questions. news besters said of -- news busters said of that answer how proud folks at cbs must be where they have an environment that the president of the united states feels comfortable coming on their network without any concern he might be challenged and therefore look bad or stupid. atlantic panned the interview calling it embarrassing failure is that uncovered no new information, arguing the daily show's jon steb wart asks tougher questions. "there is something deeply wrong with american journalism when the host of a half-hour comedy show with a left-leaning audience easily outperforms an award-winning "60 minutes" correspondent." a 5-year-old boy in cape cod, massachusetts, faces a possible suspension from his after-school program. after building a gun out of legos. yes, legos. the boy's parents say the school is taking things too far and a little bit of
reedestruction would have been enough. they point out again the boy is 5 years old. the principal of the elementary school told the affiliate fox 25, "while someone might think the making of a le go gun is the action of a 5-year-old, to other 5-year-olds that might be a scary experience." finally italian sources tell fox news that top obama guru david axelrod is now advising italy's mario monte, as he runs for prime minister there. monte's opponents went after axelrod comparing him to guns and rose's front man axle rose. why? we don't other than similar first and last names. but the ad seen here is translated, "a guru had advised monte to attack his opponents. but guries superior later leave and italy's problems remain." an american commentator or politico was more hung up on the imagery typing, "what
happened to axle rose." i had to look that up to make sure it was actually him. now an amazing story of how far medical science has come repairing the best and bravest of americans. national security correspondent looks at horribly wounded warrior and how doctors are trying to put him together. >> brendon morocco was private first class when he hit a loadside bomb in iraq and lost all four of his limbs. today, he has two new arms and two new reasons to smile. >> now i can move my elbows. this is my elbow. the one i had before. i can rotate a little bit. >> the 26-year-old from staten island because the war's first quadruple amputee and the first seasonal to receive double arm transplant last month in baltimore. team of the nation's top physician able to attached donor arm to the wounded seasonal that should one day be fully functionm.
>> it seals amazing -- it feels amazing. something i was waiting for, for a long time. now that it finally happened, i really don't know what to say. it's just such a big thing for my life. it's, it's fantastic. >> fox news first met him last summer when the tunnel to tower foundation built him a new home. a home that was danieled by hurricane sandy. but is now being rebuilt. today he described what he has missed most. >> driving. absolutely, driving. >> why? >> i used to love to drive. it was a lot of fun for me. one of my goals is to cycle a marathon. love to get to that. >> i think he will be able to try to throw a football. i don't know if he is going to hit 60-yard run down like joe flacco can do against the
broncos but i suspect he'll get there. i don't think there is really much we'll be able to keep him from doing. >> it will take a little while. >> because the nerves regenerate at the maximum speed of one inch per month, therapy will continue for a few years. >> his mother was in church on easter sunday four years ago when she learned her son was injured. >> now he will be independent. when he comes home he will be the brendan we have all been looking for. >> he was released from john hopkins today. >> he is hard-headed, stubborn, he likes to do thing his way. that is what has gotten him where he is now. >> i always since i got hurt, i still thought of myself as being normal. i hated the word "handicap." soon he will tie his own shoes and use chopsticks according to his doctors, bret. >> bret: thank you. fantastic story. we wish brendan well. the president unveils his immigration policy. so how will this all play out?
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to go the distance with you. call now to request your free decision guide. we need congress to act on a comprehensive approach that finally deals with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are in the country right now. the foundation for bipartisan action is already in place. if congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, i will send up a bill based op my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away. >> we are the lawmakers. we have forgotten this. we have a constitution that creates a system of government and that system says the lawmakers write the law, not the president. the president decides whether he wants to sign them or veto them. that's what i intend to be a part of. writing the laws. then whether he agrees with it or not is up to him. >> bret: president obama heading out to nevada. las vegas specifically to
unveil his immigration plan. not many specifics in that it's not a bill, per se. he didn't endorse the senate plan, bipartisan plan rolled out yesterday but he did lay out markers. the biggest difference in what he talked about today and what the senators talked about yesterday, the pathway to citizenship would be faster. senator rubio talked about the pitfalls potentially of republicans like him for that. >> the last time this country dealt with illegal immigration, what it did is legalized 3 million people but did nothing about enforcement. the result is now we have 11 million people. at its peak 12 million people undocumented. we can't repeat this mistake now. >> bret: so what about all of this? where do we stand in the panel, tucker carlson of the dailycaller.com. a.b. stoddard associate editor of the hill. syndicated columnist, charles
krauthammer. rubio went on rush limbaugh and the president made his pitch. all sides are coming to one important. what about the president's pitch out and in nevada? did it help or hurt? >> i thought -- it's not clear the president wants to bill to pass in the first place. you can see a president gets everything he wants, massive win and that is good for him politically. you see where the republicans are blamed for bigots and he wins, too. the issue they are fighting is enforcement, that doesn't exist. ice and border patrol saying we can't enforce anything. dream act got to the point where if someone picked up off the street, illegal alien asked by a border patrol agent, are you here illegally, as long as he claims to have a g.e.d., no documentation, claim itself, with a g.e.d.
they are required to let him. go this is a fundamental ideological issue. does the united states have the right to enforce the border osdoesn't it? if the republicans keep it to that, they have leverage. >> bret: a.b.? >> tucker right, we don't for sure is president obama wants a bill which ultimately will be a compromisement but he is not running for re-election and the fact that congressional democrats who have been active on this issue for years, members of the congressial hispanic congress asked him not to come out in an aggressive way and try to best the senate bipartisan group with his own bill. that's why he said today if they don't do it i will have one but he talked about his principles. that is a sipe he wants a legacy and he wants a bill. now, republicans at the same time because there is such a lack of trust are trying to win the hearts and minds of their own conservative base, by saying this isn't amnesty. we are not going to give the
president a win and we don't trust him either. but they want a bill as well. i'll assume both sides want a bill because they need a bill. we can be cynical about it later. but it is in president obama's interest for a legacy and the republican party interest for winning a coalition that gives them the white house again. to compromise a produce a bill. >> bret: charles? >> look, i think that is right. the president's logic today when he went soft in the speech, he didn't challenge the senate bill saying i will insist on this softer enforcement thing. the logic is if things aren't going your way, don't get in way. he was asked by congress not to polarize the issue. he could demonize the other side.
there is support that didn't happen in the age of obama or cap and trade. unilateral role by democrats in the two years they had control of congress. this is highly unusual and fragile coalition. he saw that it way. but there is another element that is cynical. i think he understands that even though his proposal would be a lot softer, on enforc enforcement, the bill the senate considered and is proposed by republicans and democrats creates instant legalization as we spoke about last night. it's call prod visionm but it isn't. there is will ever be revoked. so that you do really have 11 million is told on. the day it's signed long before enforcement is assured they can work here and stay here. if you are an illegal
immigrant that's the most important issue. >> bret: another difference with the senate plan, tucker, the president's plan or proposal would extent family immigration rights to gay couples. >> right. >> bret: the white house press secretary was asked about this provision today. he said president believed same-sex partners from other countries should not be faced with the painful choice of staying with the person they love and staying in the country they love. what act this provision? this doesn't seem when you look at polls in latino communities this is high on the agenda when it comes to immigration reform. >> it's not. the president sees gay rights movement as the next iteration of civil rights struggle. he probably means it. is it relevant? the unskilled immigration we
have. you can argue that we are in need of 11 million new or more low skilled laborers. that will depress wages. do you note in state of nevada unemployment is over 10%. that will this do to wages for low-skilled american workers? will depress them. i can't believe the president is getting away with thatch >> on this provision is this a poisep nil >> it is potentially a poison pill. for republicans who themselveses or the voters back at home, supporters believe this amnesty. this is very difficult, the catholic churches who are supporting immigration reform, this is going to stop the bipartisan momentum in its tracks. there is a belief that president obama for tactical successes might do what he can to move the goalpost and move out the the left so it's not
too much in the right at the end. maybe that is something democrats think is a shrewd plan. it's obviously going to throw gum in works. white house knows that. >> politically it's an act of sabotage. the way to deal with it is how schumer did. he agreed he wouldn't raise it. logical way to go about it is to have this as a separate provision. let the house and the senate decide on this and leave it as a separate vote. and have the rest of the bill, however it emerges as also separate decision. if you put them together you create poison pill. >> bret: next up how this and the boy scout possible change affects the gay agenda. with my friends, we'll do almost anything. out for drinks, eats. i have very well fitting dentures. i like to eat a lot of fruits. love them all. the seal i get with the super poligrip free
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our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. for if we are truly created equal the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> bret: president obama at the inauguration talking about what he characterized as a civil rights issue. gay rights. this comes in a broader context as we are talking about immigration and the boy scouts. only seven months after the boy scouts of america reaffirmed the decision right to exclude gays, 13 years after the supreme court said that private organizations could, in fact, exclude anybody, the boy scouts of america is going to decide next week and make it official to drop its national prohibition against gay scouts. scout masters and volunteers.
expected next week. there are some people that have a major problem with that. >> somehow in the name of diversity all organizations need to be the same. >> this is part of the broader assault on what sociologists call civil society on the ability for people not live out our lives, the community organizations. they're different. they reflect the wonderful diversity of america. >> this is not about homophobia or anything resembling that. it's about the overwhelming majority of the families and scouts adhere to a traditional biblical view of moral values that we think homosexuality is incompatibility. we don't want the sons mentored by gay men. charles? >> the first thing we have to remember in this is each side ought to give the other side some respect. i know the bay rights side wants to argue this is a civil rights issue,ee quality. i respect that.
on the other hand, there are people who believe for reasons are religious, catholic church for example, they have qualms to put it mildly about homosexuality. you know, and the catholic church had a billion adherence. for all the human flaws institution has unparalleled good this the world a continues good work. i ought not be denigrated. when obama speaks about all this, i believe he is passionate about it. but let's remember for the first three-and-a-half years of the presidency he was against gay marriage. is it odd if you call people who oppose it bigoted you have to say that obama in the first three-and-a-half years of his presidency was bigoted. which i think is absurd. i would like to see the two sides agree on respecting each other's sincerity and depths of belief. if the boy scouts does this on its own that is the way civil
society ought to work. what i object to is coercion of the state. let the institutions, it will change over time. it's a generational issue. three states approved gay marriage in 2012. it is changing. allow private institutions to evolve in their own way without the heavy hand of the state. >> bret: a. santa barbar santa a >> -- >> bret: a.b.? >> president obama moved on this and it was calculated politically to catch up for the last ten years in the country. one of the biggest changes we have witnessed, swiftest changes we have seen in our society. politician have trouble catching up with that but they read the polls and they know what is going on. the boy scouts are not endeavoring to change their long-standing tradition so much to be because they want to welcome homosexuals and be inclusive, as they do not feel
they can survive as an exclusive organization anymore. they have lost members in protest. they are not getting enough new members. they are losing financial support. they believe that this is something that they have to do for their survival. surely the question of how you integrate the boy scouts, that is an extremely complicated matter. two of the largest contributors are the mormon and the catholic church. you have manpower and financial money coming from places that don't support homosexuality there. >> they are doing this for a reason. their members say it's because they are losing their ability to carry on. big doe fors asked them to do this. >> bret: tucker? >> are the boy scouts are in trouble because there are gay scout masters? maybe americans aren't in uniforms the way they used to be. this is fascinating the amount of attention paid to this and other issues like this.
it's another example of soft cultural collusion between democratic politicians and the media both of whom see this as the next civil rights issue and great historical importance. they give it, i would argue -- they give it undue attention. we have economists collapsing in transition for who knows what, dollar devalued and debt reaching existential crisis. and more than 4% of american kids are born out of wedlock. >> this is the boy scouts of america. i'm merely saying look at the "new york times." 19 stories on gay marriage. get perspective is all i'm saying. >> bret: with that i need to run. that is it for the panel. stay tuned for extra insight in the president's sit-down interview recently. ♪ [ male announcer ] you've reached the age where you don't back down from a challenge. this is the age of knowing how to make things happen. sowhy let erectile dysfunction get in your way? talk to your doctor about viagra.
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